At their monthly meeting last Thursday, Oct. 5, the CIP community-industry partnership heard from three organizations that were deeply involved in flood rescue and relief during the week of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Speaking to the group, at the Baggett Center in Galena Park, were Garrett Berg of the Port of Houston Authority, Drew Scroggins of the City of Galena Park, and Lt. Mark Longrigg of the Jacinto City Police Department.
Berg said that the major impact the Hurricane had on the Port was the deposit of large amounts of silt in Buffalo Bayou, effectively making the waterway more shallow. In some places, he said, there was 8’-10’ of new silt, mud, and other debris.
To maintain the viability of the ship channel for deep draft ships, it is imperative that this material be removed.
Berg said that the Post is currently working with the Corps of Engineers, to dredge the material and place it on one of their landfills.
He said that for every 1’ of depth that is lost, the Houston economy loses $281 million annually.
Drew Scroggins reported on the impact that the Hurricane had on Galena Park. He said that 110 homes and 32 apartments were flooded, and that damage estimates are around $7 million.
The Woodland Acres Fire Station is currently out of service, waiting repairs. The Galena Park Fire Department made 160 deep water rescues, and he thanked Galena Park ISD and Jacinto City for loaning resources such as boats and deep water vehicles to help in the evacuations. Harris County also loaned Galena Park two boats for the rescues.
In the refineries, Scroggins said that two petroleum tanks at Magellan floated and leaked, and one tak at Enterprise leaked giving the neighborhood a bad smell. However, there was no environmental threat in either incident.
The Galena Park Police Department set up a shelter at Shafalai on Holland Avenue, which served 33 families.
Lt. Mark Longrigg of the Jacinto City police department reported that a number of businesses along the I-10 feeder, near Hunting Bayou had to close, including Chili’s and the movie theater. Jacinto City recorded 35” of rain during the Hurricane.